Telos 171 · Summer 2015
Politics and Values:
The Middle East and China

Standard accounts of American politics invoke an oscillation between idealist and realist inclinations, between an appeal to fundamental principles and the insistence on a down-to-earth realpolitik. Yet this dialectic of idealism and realism, values and power, is not a Washington monopoly. In Telos 171, we turn both to the Middle East and to China to explore some permutations of politics and the pursuit of principles that inform them.
Read Russell A. Berman's introduction to Telos 171 here.
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The New Class Conflict
by Joel Kotkin

In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict shows how the rise of a high-tech oligarchy, along with academia, the media, and the government bureaucracy, is creating a new class order, largely at the expense of the middle class.
Germany and Iran:
From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold
by Matthias Küntzel

Matthias Küntzel’s Germany and Iran examines the history of the special relationship between Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran, from its origins at the start of the last century to the ongoing controversy over Iran’s nuclear program. Drawing on new archival findings from Washington, DC, and Berlin, Küntzel traces the underpinnings of that relationship, which has survived every war, catastrophe, and revolution.

The Forest Passage
by Ernst Jünger

Ernst Jünger’s The Forest Passage explores the possibility of resistance: how the independent thinker can withstand and oppose the power of the omnipresent state. No matter how extensive the technologies of surveillance become, the forest can shelter the rebel, and the rebel can strike back against tyranny. Jünger’s manifesto is a defense of freedom against the pressure to conform to political manipulation and artificial consensus.
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The Kurdish Question: The Black Holes of Democracy

By Pekka Sulkunen

The Kurdish Question is a continuation of violence, protest, and repression that persist from the unfinished national state-building of the early twentieth-century Europe. This article compares it with similar but more successful ones in the Nordic countries. The Kurdish Question depends on the democratization of Turkish society. There are black holes on both sides of the conflict that absorb efforts . . . (continue reading)

When Freedom of Expression Says "No": The Case against Academic Boycott

By Mohammed Saif-Alden Wattad

It is this article's assertion that calls for academic boycott contradict with the classic rationales of the right to free expression and with the peculiar features of the right to academic freedom. Freedom of expression is about developing a dialogue between two opposing opinions, wherein each claims to be the right one. Calls for academic boycott promote monologues rather than . . . (continue reading)

On the Liturgical Critique of Modernity

By Kyle Nicholas

Catherine Pickstock's "Liturgy and Modernity," from Telos 113 (Fall 1998), is an effort to find an alternative to liberal individualism and social fragmentation in modernity. Pickstock finds this alternative in liturgy: a liturgical critique of modernity where "liturgy" functions as a thoroughly political category. Liturgy is specially equipped to confront modernity due to its nature as ritual behavior (and therefore . . . (continue reading)

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Telos has always celebrated rejuvenation and renewal, and in recent years we’ve embraced that change in a variety of ways. We’ve taken Telos online and digitized our full forty-four year archive, allowing institutional subscribers from around the world to access the journal over the Internet. We’ve created a regular conference series in New York City and another more recently in Europe, which have brought together an increasing number of scholars to discuss today’s critical issues in politics and philosophy . . . (continue reading)

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